The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
(Book of the New Sun, Vol. 1)

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This is the book that I was hoping Jack Vance's The Dying Earth would be.
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In a thoroughly decadent world of the future, Severian the torturer is cast out from the torturer's guild when he falls in love with one of his victims and allows her to die
 

About Gene Wolfe

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Science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe was born on May 7, 1931. He dropped out of Texas A&M University during his junior year and was drafted to fight in the Korean War. After the war, he received a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer. He edited the engineering review Plant Engineering for years before retiring to become a full-time writer. His best-known work is the multi-volume novel The Book of the New Sun. He has won the Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award four times, and the Nebula Award and the World Fantasty Award two times each. In 1996, he was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He currently lives in Barrington, Illinois.
 
Published January 1, 1981 by Sidgwick & Jackson. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2008

The whole series may turn out to be only another quest-story got up with metaphysical trappings; this first installment, however, certainly has its strengths--and we'll hope for the best.

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Good
Reviewed by A.L. Sirois on Jan 01 2008

Masterfully presented and, dare I say it, haunting. Well worth your while.

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Helium

Good
Reviewed by John Devera on Jun 08 2009

It is a rewarding work, and well worth the effort of reading.

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Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas King on Jan 01 2008

I would recommend this book only to seasoned fans of the genre and it will probably require multiple readings to fully grasp what is hiding beneath the surface.

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Eagle

Good
Reviewed by Russ Allbery on Jun 14 2008

This is the book that I was hoping Jack Vance's The Dying Earth would be.

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